Pathways and Achievement grant

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant (AG)

Congratulations to the 244 GEAR UP Juniors from 23 schools across the state who were awarded the $1,500 Achievement Grant this winter. These students will be eligible to apply for the Pathways Scholarship worth over $22,000 their senior year. Click here for a list of the 2014-2015 Achievement Grant Recipient List

Achievement Grant Recipients, to request your award:
1.  Enroll at a qualifying campus.
2.  Print and fill out the Notice of Intent to Enroll Form.
3.  Mail the form with your final high school transcript to:

Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department
Po Box 203101
Helena, MT 59620-3101

For questions, please contact the Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or MTscholarships@montana.edu.

 

Montana GEAR UP Matched Education Savings Account (MESA) Program

What is a “MESA”?
A Matched Education Savings Account (MESA), also known as an individual Development Account (IDA), is a special matched savings account for people with lower incomes. These accounts are designed to help families and individuals of modest means establish a pattern of regular saving and, ultimately, purchase a “productive asset.” A productive asset” is something of value that is likely to return substantial long‐term benefits to its owner. While your paycheck helps you to buy food and clothing and pay your bills each month, an asset provides financial security for the future. Typically, IDA savings and match money can be used to buy a house, pay for education, or start a small business. Most IDA programs focus on a particular type of asset like education or home ownership. The Montana MESA Programs are dedicated to helping participants save for post‐secondary education at a Montana school.

What is a “savings match?”

A “savings match” is a promise to supplement a MESA or IDA participant’s savings deposit at a specific rate. For example, a 5:1 savings match means that for every dollar a participant saves as part of the program, he or she will be eligible to receive another five dollars. So if you save $500 throughout the course of the program and meet all the other program requirements you will be eligible for $2,500 match to purchase the agreed upon asset. The maximum match that the participant will be eligible to receive is dependent on the particular MESA program they are eligible for. Matched funding may not be used to pay toward student loans or housing.

 

Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship

This a competitive scholarship currently valued at $23,100, or up to $5,775 per year for four years.  The scholarship may be used at any accredited 2- or 4- year institution in the United States which awards an associate degree or higher.
The scholarship is open only to students who have earned the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant as 11th grader,  who meet the Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship eligibility requirements, and apply during their senior year of high school.  The scholarship is awarded based upon a variety of factors including financial need, academic preparation and performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, community service or volunteer projects, the quality of response on the written application, and the quality of the project. 

The scholarship may be awarded over a five-year period as long as the recipient continues to make satisfactory academic progress (as defined by their college or university), completes at least six credits per semester and maintains a 2.0 GPA.

If you have any questions regarding the Pathways Scholarship, please contact 1-800-537-7508.

2015-2016 Seniors
TO APPLY:
Determine eligibility.

  1. Did you earn the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant as a junior in high school?
  2. Are you currently enrolled in a Montana GEAR UP 2005 grant school as a senior?
  3. Do you have a 2.5 cumulative GPA?
  4. Are you Pell Grant eligible as evidenced by your FAFSA Student Aid Report? www.fafsa.ed.gov
  5. Are you on track to complete the MUS college preparatory curriculum upon graduation from high school as evidenced by your 7th semester high school transcript?

Courses

Credits Needed for Graduation Under MUS
College Preparatory Curriculum

English

4 years

Social Studies

3 years

Math

3 years

Lab Science

2 years

Electives

2 years

Visit http://www.mus.edu/che/arsa/CollegePrep/hscpindex.asp for more information.

If you answered yes to these 5 questions, click HERE to apply.

 

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